Nov 4, 2010

How a Couple of Crafters Do Halloween

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. That combined with our compulsive need to make things usually results in some pretty elaborate Halloween costumes. This year was no different. Check out how a couple of crafters do Halloween. Here are some pictures from our trip to Austin.




I am La Catrina, while he is a sugar skull, or a more common term for these getups refer to the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It was a fantastic time and we are already thinking about next Halloween!

Aug 23, 2010

Several ways to Search

This post on the Etsy Dallas blog reminded me to tell all you guys about several ways to find Midnight Snack items just by searching on Etsy!

First off, you can find some Midnight Snack items, as well as other Etsy Dallas team members items on Etsy just by searching one simple term. Type "EtsyDallas2010" into the search bar and check out all the great items from our selected members!

If you want to look just for me, Midnight Snack, then type "midnightsnack" into the search bar. Notice that there is no space in "midnightsnack" when using it in the search bar. That term will pull up a few, but not all, of my items and help direct you to my store!

Other search terms that will undoubtedly result in a Midnight Snack items are, plushes, food plushes, miniature jewelry, and embellished clothing.

Have fun and be sure to check out some of my great new items, including these fantastic Skull Earrings!

Jul 19, 2010

I finally mastered the food-on-a-stick design

Midnight Snack is known for food plushes. So it has irked me to no end that I hadn't figured out how to make realistic looking food-on-a-stick. Well, thanks to my genius husband, I figured it out yesterday.

See the trick is, just like the real food, the plush needs a stick that goes all the way through it. Otherwise it flops forward or backward and looks sort of soggy. But what kind of stick works? Nothing too hard as that poses a risk of harm when using the plush, but it still has to be rigid. Guess what we landed on? A pool noodle! Thank god the stores are starting to dump their pool accessories and these are about $1 at most stores.

So here it is, my first food-on-a-stick plush, the corn dog on a stick! Now think of the possibilities.




Jun 29, 2010

Came to Party, Left with a Sewing Machine

In case you haven't heard (I've been slow to post lately), the Etsy Dallas Craft Party was a huge success! We had a huge turnout, making our party the biggest in the entire world! Woo hoo go team! Oh, and did I mention that I won that oh-so-lovely, brand new sewing machine? Heck yes I did! And boy it couldn't have come at a better time. My $90 Brother sewing machine purchased 5 years ago is on it's last leg.

That's me with my new sewing machine.

So, now everyone is all "Did you set up your machine, yet?" or "What have you made with your new machine?" And I'm all "Cool your jets people, I want to get this set up right!" But the truth is that I had to get new furniture. See previous to know I had a sewing machine and serger machine and only enough space for one. So I would have to switch from one to the other as needed, moving one from the table top to the floor whenever I needed to switch. It was a huge pain. So, I decided quite some time ago I needed a bigger work station. Now I had even bigger motivation to go out and buy it. So this is what I purchased from IKEA.
It's great because the wide desk is open underneath meaning I can put two machines on the top, one on either side, and move my chair around instead of the machines around. And the extra storage is a bonus, too. So, I'm working on getting the craft room ready for the new furniture and new machine and promise I will start making some awesome new items soon.

Jun 2, 2010

It's a Party and You're Invited

Etsy is having a global craft party! Groups all over the world are having parties on June 18th as part of the celebration for Etsy's birthday. Our very own local group, Etsy Dallas, is partnering with the Make Studios to throw the party for our neck of the woods.

Look that's us, currently in second place!

To make it even more interesting, there is sort of a contest going on for the top 50 largest parties in the world. There is some swag on the line here so as expected the competition is pretty brutal. Currently Dallas is in the #2 spot! RSVP's are being tracked through meetup.com and we need your help to push us to the #1 spot. Also, we'd love to have you at the party where you can meet the Etsy Dallas team members, see the Make Studios, play, and have fun with a group of crafty and artsy people. It's really going to be a blast. So RSVP ASAP to the Etsy Dallas Craft Party! We'll see you there.

To RSVP to the Dallas party, click here.
To read more about the global party, click here.

Apr 30, 2010

Your Plans for Tomorrow

Guess what tomorrow is? That's right it's Saturday! But it's also the Etsy Dallas Spring Bash! We've been getting ready for such a long time, it's hard to believe it's finally here! We hope that you'll pull on some galoshes, hit up an ATM, and come on down to party with us at South Side on Lamar. Between 11 am - 5 pm there will be tons of great stuff to see and do. There are over 50 artists selling their handmade goods. All of the stuff for sale at the Spring Bash is fantastic because Etsy Dallas takes the time hand select it's members. There will be drinks by Absinthe bar, a live DJ, and a photo booth. Not to mention tons and tons of fantastic shopping.

Be sure to stop by the Midnight Snack booth. We've got plushes, including our new fried egg pillow, clothing, jewelry and accessories. Some of the stuff we have for the Spring Bash hasn't even made it onto to our website yet so come by and see what we've got!

Me at last years Spring Bash.

We're so excited I bet we wont even be able to sleep. See you tomorrow!

Apr 23, 2010

UPDATE : Bash Bucks Round 2!

The Bash Bucks were such a huge success at last December's Jingle Bash, they are making an appearance at the upcoming Spring Bash! That means free money for you!



All you have to do is comment on the post about Bash Bucks on the Etsy Dallas blog, which you can link to here. Or you can tweet about Bash Bucks! Both of those actions will make you eligible to win Bash Bucks which can be redeemed just like cash at the Spring Bash! Hurry up, this round's contest ends TONIGHT at 11:59. THIS IS YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY. Check the Etsy Dallas blog for more details and rules.

And of course, Midnight Snack is participating in the Bash Bucks program so when you inevitably when all that free moolah, hop on over to the Midnight Snack booth and check out some of our great new stuff.

Here is a preview of Midnight Snack products you'll see at the Spring Bash!


I hope to see you there! May 1st South Side on Lamar 11 am - 5 pm!

Apr 19, 2010

Bash Bucks are Back (say that ten times fast)

The Bash Bucks were such a huge success at last December's Jingle Bash, they are making an appearance at the upcoming Spring Bash! That means free money for you!



All you have to do is comment on the post about Bash Bucks on the Etsy Dallas blog, which you can link to here. Or you can tweet about Bash Bucks! Both of those actions will make you eligible to win Bash Bucks which can be redeemed just like cash at the Spring Bash! Hurry up, this round's contest ends TONIGHT at 11:59. But don't worry, there is another opportunity to do the same thing by April 23rd. Check the Etsy Dallas blog for more details and rules.

And of course, Midnight Snack is participating in the Bash Bucks program so when you inevitably when all that free moolah, hop on over to the Midnight Snack booth and check out some of our great new stuff.

Here is a preview of Midnight Snack products you'll see at the Spring Bash!


I hope to see you there! May 1st South Side on Lamar 11 am - 5 pm!

Mar 19, 2010

Funky Finds Success

Just posting the latest pics from the spring fair circuit. The latest one was Funky Finds in Fort Worth on May 13th.







Next up: Etsy Dallas Spring Bash, May 1st! See you there!

Feb 8, 2010

Congratulations 2010 Etsy Dallas Members

Congratulations to the newly announced 2010 Etsy Dallas Members. It's great to finally see the new and returning members and can't wait to meet everyone in person. Midnightsnack certainly feels lucky to be included again this year. Get ready for a fantastic year full of great crafting, get togethers, and shows!

If you want more information about the Etsy Dallas team and our upcoming shows please vistit www.etsydallas.com.

Jan 29, 2010

New Blog for Plus Sizes

I've started a new blog separate from my Etsy stuff.  It focuses on plus size fashion, shopping, and  living.  It's new and it's experimental at this point but if you would stop by and take a look I would appreciate it!

Jan 13, 2010

Rejuvinated from the holidays

Whew! We thought we'd never regain our momentum after the holidays. We had a great time at our first Christmas in our new house. It was even technically considered a White Christmas, something you don't see here very often. I received many new crafty things to play with for Christmas including a shiny new serger machine and some silver clay to try out for my jewelry making! Stay tuned to the blog to hear how I learn these new things as I go.

Through out all the hustle and bustle of the holidays I did manage to get some new things in the store to stop by and check them out!